PhD Studentship - Jo Spence and Rosy Martin: Pioneering Phototherapy

University for Creative Arts
April 17, 2023
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PhD Studentship - Jo Spence and Rosy Martin: Pioneering Phototherapy Research & Innovation Location: Farnham

Closing Date: Monday 17 April 2023 Reference: 23-VCPHD-PIPH-1

This studentship is offered in conjunction with UCA's Fast Forward project, led by Professor Anna Fox. Proposals are invited for an archival research project using material in the Hyman Collection, the Jo Spence Memorial Library Archive, and elsewhere, to investigate the development of phototherapy through the collaborative practice of Jo Spence and Rosy Martin. This thesis-only or practice-based project would look at issues around collaboration and the ways in which the art world struggles to appreciate multi-authored work. This doctorate would refocus attention on the more psychological and performative aspects of Spence's and Martin's practice and would address strategies that used humor and the absurd to address trauma.

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The studentship package includes a fee waiver for three years' full-time study, and a stipend of £17,688 each year for three years (or equivalent for part-time study for Home students). The studentships recognises excellence in research and are highly competitive and limited in number. Applicants whose application passes an initial review will be invited to interview. Applicants who are successful at interview and offered a place will be put forward for consideration for the Vice Chancellor's Studentship awards. Studentship decisions are based on the relevance of the research proposal, and performance at interview. Those applying for a studentship or other funding must apply by 17 April 2023. Decisions on studentship awards will be announced by 30 July 2023.

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